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Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | Sentry Tournament Of Champions 2018

Daily Fantasy Golf Picks Preview | Sentry Tournament Of Champions 2018

A new year and I’m still alive and golf is ready for the return of Tiger Woods at some point on the regular schedule. We’re only going to be doing  preview and our one and done pick this week as we don’t like these small events for Draftkings. We hope everyone had a great holiday a season and lookng forward to a fun year.

In 1999, this tournament switched from Carlsbad to Kapalua in Hawaii. It’s been lengthened over the years and is now a Par 73, 7452 yard test of golf. The Bill Coore / Ben Crenshaw design is massive; sprawling over some 700 acres. The features are also big… with super wide fairways, some as much as 80 yards and extremely large and undulating greens. Wind plays a huge part in the defense of this course and past winners have scored from -8 to -26. That gap is along par between the rich and the poor in this country too. This year, wind is expected to have a high of 12 mph, and the winning score should be around the -20 mark as that’s quite manageable.

Since 1999, many of the winners here have been top players in the world, so it’s hard to get a good gauge on what’s needed to win, as these players have few weakness’. Of the players that aren’t top players, there’s Jonathan Byrd, Geoff Ogilvy (Major Winner and it could be argued he was a top player at the time. Won this back to back), Daniel Chopra (No one will argue he was a top player at any time), and Stuart Appleby (Who was a pretty good golfer during those days and won this tournament three times in a row). The other winners have been: Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson, Ernie Els, David Duval, and Jim Furyk.

Even though it’s not on the ocean, another course that has wide fairways, undulating greens and needs wind for it’s defense happens to be Augusta. If you look at the above group, besides Daniel Chopra, who played the Master’s just one time, everyone else has had a decent to above average career at the Master’s. Even Jonathan Byrd has Top 10’d at Augusta. It’s a group of players that are fantastic lag putters, with some elite putters. Ogilvy/Appleby are both Australian and learned to putt on undulating greens too.

On undulating greens, you want to hit your ball to the right spots. Safe spots. Then take advantage of the birdie holes. If there’s little wind, like we expect, this will happen more often than not, and bogey avoidance will be key, just like last year. If anything, Patrick Reed is the anomaly of this whole group of big names as he has the least ball control, but his scrambling/putting made up for his mid pack greens in regulation ranking.

Was all this confusing? So to sum up what we’re looking for: Ball Striking types that can control the ball to the right parts of the green, players with solid Master’s records, scramblers, and solid lag putters.

Also, we hear that there could be lots of wind this week, so maybe focus on some scramblers here.

That’s it for this weeks short preview. Good luck to all.


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